- Dean of the College of Sustainability
- Professor of Microbiology
Dr. John Fagan is professor of microbiology at Maharishi International University, where he leads a research program using transcriptomic, proteomic and metabolomic approaches to understand the effects of Transcendental Meditation on gene expression.
He is also Dean of the College of Sustainability and a leading authority on sustainability in the food and agricultural system, on biosafety, and on food safety and authenticity. His expertise is sought around the world by industry and government leaders, scientists, and the public, to whom he has presented hundreds of lectures and provided advisory services during the last decades.
Dr. Fagan’s earlier biomedical research examined molecular mechanisms in carcinogenesis cellular and gene-regulatory impacts of environmental toxicants (e.g., dioxins and PCBs). His research has been published in leading scientific journals and supported by millions of dollars in grant awards, including the prestigious National Institutes of Health Research Career Development Award. He earned his PhD from Cornell University.
John Fagan is also a successful entrepreneur in the field of biotechnology, having founded, built and sold Global ID Group, a pioneering company developing innovative molecular biological tools to verify and advance food purity, safety, and sustainability. He now serves as Executive Director of the Earth Open Source Institute, a non-profit engaging people, communities, industry, and governments to restore the open source roots of the food system — collaboration, transparency, and shared knowledge and resources — to help feed humanity, increase equity, support self-reliance and foster healthy ecosystems. There, he directs research and manages agricultural development projects on four continents.